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An exhibition of abstract paintings by Haworth based artist Victor Buta has opened at The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. The exhibition, Alter Ego, is based on the Brontës signatures and pseudonyms and has been inspired by numerous items of Brontë handwriting and correspondence in the museum collections, including the Brontës’ pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, their famous ‘little books’ and the origins and development of the Brontë surname.EDIT: Also on the Brontë Parsonage Blog.
The exhibition takes place as part of the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s contemporary arts programme and Victor Buta has also used the signatures of Cornelia Parker and Paula Rego within his work – two contemporary artists who have previously responded to the Brontës as part of the programme at the museum. Alter Ego is on show until 31 March and all of the paintings on display are also for sale.
As part of the exhibition, there are two special events taking place at the museum. On Saturday 28 February, Victor Buta will be holding a practical workshop for artists of all abilities to create their own paintings inspired by his exhibition and the Brontës’ handwriting. The day will include a trip to the Parsonage library to see examples of original Brontë correspondence. The workshop costs £25.00 (£15.00 concessions) and includes entry to the museum, materials and refreshments. Spaces are limited but a few places remain available, for further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 01535 640188. The museum has also commissioned leading graphologist Diane Simpson to analyse some of the Brontës’ handwriting as part of the project. Diane will be resident at the museum on Saturday 14 March, working with visitors to explore her findings. This event will be free on admission to the museum.
Victor Buta is a Haworth based artist who has developed a number of projects and exhibitions based on signatures, including a series of paintings using doctors’ signatures, now in the permanent collection of the NHS Hospital Teaching Trust. He has been exhibiting in solo and group shows for twenty-five years, teaches art to a variety of groups and has been involved in numerous large-scale community art projects.